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Sex & Nudity

  • Characters discuss contraception and a woman asks a servant to but it for her. A book about marital sex is show and discussed on a few occasions
  • Many scenes where sex is implied - characters kissing or laying naked in bed next to each other (no nudity is seen)
  • A woman is beaten and raped. This is not shown but we hear her crying and screaming then I'm torn clothing later. The rape is an ongoing storyline and is mentioned frequently
  • Contains infrequent allusions to sexual activity and depictions of couples in bed or kissing.
  • The first season contains a storyline in which a man dies in the bed of a woman who was not his wife. His body is carried away and those responsible for concealing the circumstances behind his death are not apprehended. The details of this incident recur in later episodes.
  • A character tries to kiss another character while they are asleep. The sleeping character awakens and berates them for their improper behaviour.
  • One character is revealed to be a prostitute, and there is discussion of the topic, however, visuals of her exploits are not depicted onscreen.
  • Also contains infrequent very mild innuendo that is unlikely to be understood by impressionable viewers. A homosexual kiss in 1st episode

Violence & Gore

  • Some scenes showing bloody injuries or infections. These can be graphic but brief and infrequent
  • Contains infrequent moments of moderate violence, often in the form of hand-to-hand combat and war violence. Acts of violence are not depicted with any particular detail, and emphasis on pain or injury is infrequent.
  • Also contains some medical procedures that may cause discomfort in some viewers (such as fluids being drained from patient's bodies, injections etc.).
  • One episode contains scenes of implied sexual violence, where a woman is kissed against her will. When she rejects this behaviour, she is punched in the face. Shortly thereafter, she is dragged screaming through corridors, and her horrified screams can be heard off-camera. A scene that takes place shortly thereafter depicts the character in a state of distress (and her injuries are visible). She requests a change of clothes. References to this incident are alluded to throughout the remainder of the series.
  • A man attempts suicide off-camera, and his lifeless body is depicted in a blood filled bathtub.
  • In one particularly bloody scene, a character's ulcer bursts, and they expel profuse quantities of blood from their mouth.


  • Contains very infrequent use of mild coarse language (i.e. "bitch"), in reference to contemptuous women.
  • Also contains infrequent use of milder terms, such as "bastard".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Recreational consumption of tobacco and alcohol is depicted liberally throughout the series, and characters are occasionally depicted in a state of intoxication.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man dies in a woman's bed, to avoid scandal the woman, her mother and a maid Carry his body through the house to his own bedroom
  • Some scenes show injuries or medical procedures. Blood and bodily fluids are shown. These scenes are not intended to frighten or shock but may be disturbing to some viewers


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • In the very first episode, two men passionately kiss each other.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A woman dies from Eclampsia, she is shown having seizures before going still, obviously dead
  • Several characters become seriously ill with Spanish influenza and are shown sweating, bleeding from the nose and mouth and a few die on camera
  • A Nanny is suspected to be abusing a toddler (no physical abuse shown or implied) she's seen threatening and insulting the infant before she's interrupted by the child's grandmother and fired.

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